The Little Epicurean

Mar 20 2017

Chocolate Yellow Cake

A birthday classic: three layers of yellow cake frosted with chocolate buttercream and topped with rainbow sprinkles.

Chocolate Yellow Cake

I’m on the hunt for the perfect birthday cake. Alex has a BIG birthday coming up this summer. He’s turning 30! On my eve of my 30th birthday, he proposed to me at Walt Disney World. Now, I feel compelled to do something over the top for him. Ideally I would love to plan an out of town adventure. Because of our conflicting schedules traveling together isn’t plausible this summer. Perhaps, I should present him with three different cakes to celebrate three decades of life? YES. That’s what I’m going to do.

When it comes to cakes, Alex will eat them all. However, his top three favorite cake flavors are chocolate yellow cake, chocolate peanut butter, and everything coconut. This chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting I used to make his Dodgers Baseball Cap Cake a few years ago is my go-to chocolate pb recipe. This coconut cake is a family favorite. But when it comes to chocolate yellow cake…I have yet to find the one

Mar 02 2017

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts: little pâte brisée tart shells filled with earl grey pastry cream and topped with blood orange segments and crushed pistachios.  I am currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  Three completely different stories, ranging from serious and thought provoking

Feb 26 2017

Ube Swirl Bread

Ube Swirl Bread

Ube Swirl Bread: soft yeasted dough filled with a sweet coconut and purple yam paste. It’s a Filipino variation on a classic cinnamon roll. Purple yam. It’s called ube (pronounced ooo-bae) in Tagalog. It’s a super popular tuber in the Philippines, widely used in desserts. While purple yam is a relative of sweet potato, they’re not

Feb 21 2017

Baked Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

Baked Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

Baked kimchi cauliflower rice: this healthier version of “fried rice” transforms roasted cauliflower into a savory and hearty meal.  For months, my best friend tried to convince me to eat cauliflower rice. I firmly refused several times. I like white rice, thank you very much. Eventually I wore down. My curiosity for this healthy rice alternative

Feb 15 2017

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black pepper cheddar beer bread: these soft and fluffy bread rolls are perfect for making little sandwiches.  Do you remember the Super Bowl a couple weeks ago? Yeah, I don’t either. I just recall Alex screaming in defeat at the last few seconds of the game and something about the Patriots winning. I also remember

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